View Full Version : Can't boot into iMac... can I access main drive?

Dec 12, 2011, 07:53 PM
I cannot boot into my iMac. It hangs when I boot.

I can boot into repair mode.

I want to take it to the Apple store but I want to delete some personal files before I do. How can access the main drive and delete files?

Dec 12, 2011, 08:02 PM
You'll need another Mac and a FireWire cable. Right after you press the power button, press the T key on the keyboard. You'll then see a FireWire logo bounce around the screen. At this point, connect the two Macs with a FireWire cable and the iMac will appear on the other's desktop as an external hard drive. You may need to use a wired keyboard for this. Also, if both Macs have Thunderbolt, a Thunderbolt cable will work with the same procedure.

Dec 12, 2011, 08:09 PM
Awesome! I'll try this within 24 hours!

edit: IT WORKED! Awesome! Thanks Intell!